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A brief adventure, because why not?

Previously the stronghold of the Pirate Lords, Almund is a thriving township with a dark side. With houses made from the wooden bodies of decommissioned ships, there are many opportunities here, coupled with many dangers. Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap!

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Postby Pegasus » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:30 pm

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65th Zi'da, 717


She was sitting on the floor in the street as they walked by. What it was which made her pick them out, she either did not or did not tell. But, that trial, it was them she called. "Please, wait!" Joelle said, her voice gentle and tinkling like a fairy rather than the biqaj she seemed to be. On the ground, on the street, in the middle of Zi'da and she wore an outfit which seemed to be mostly rags. Yet, she bore no brands of slavery and so the young girl ~ for such she was, maybe in her teens but probably not quite ~ did not seem to be cold. Her copper hair was well brushed and she looked clean, none of which added up.

Yet, still, was.

Lots of people walked and escaped her notice completely. Yet, on this trial, she saw them and she called out. They heard and they answered, or they did not, but it was them she wanted, needed to speak to. Her eyes looked up from the ground where she sat, surrounded by fortune telling cards and flickering candles, and those who gazed on her saw nothing but solid colour in her eyes. No iris or pupil, all white. She was blind, it seemed, although she appeared to be looking directly at them.

"Please, wait," she called again and she smiled, then pointed to the individual she spoke to and then, to the cards on the floor in front of her. "There's a message for you. Will you talk with me awhile?"

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Ok, so it's just a quick and quirky thread. And it's open to the first TWO players who post. You can post at different times of the day, because you will be interacting only with the fortune teller. There are things to buy, things to learn, things to lose. After two people have posted, that's it - and no placeholders, please.


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The Fortune Teller.

Postby Tio Silver » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:19 pm

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Once again Tio faced off against his greatest nemesis, the dreaded monster that haunted his steps, ready to stab him in the back when he least expected it. He had tangled with this enemy on many occasions, and although he had been able to evade it each time he'd never once been able to truly defeat it. It was a parasite, worming its way into his mind and driving him to madness.

And its name was boredom.

Perhaps it seemed rather petty, childish even, to get so melodramatic over something as seemingly harmless as being bored, but Tio really could not overstate just how hard boredom hit him. It was a curse born of his fickle nature that whenever he had nothing to keep himself occupied Tio became more and more restless to the point that he'd literally start hitting his head against the walls. And now that he was making so much more money from a few trials of work an unanticipated downside was that he had far to much free time on his hands, driving his need for a distraction to even greater heights. By the spirits something interesting had better happen soon! A giant monster attack or something! The tedium was driving him bananas!

Which was why when the odd looking lady sitting on the streets addressed him with such an cryptic opening Tio responded like a fish biting down on a juicy piece of bait. His eyes widened in delight, and with a spring in his step he bounded over to the Biqaj. "Really! What does it say! Tell me everything!"
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Postby Roland Demira » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:23 pm

Almund was becoming the more frequented town of late. It seemed that the Dregs had their roots in the town of pirates and Roland had to investigate. Seedy shadows aplenty, but he knew he had to push on in order to find anything of use. The whole thing was starting to unfold and ripen like a springtime blossom. of course, no springtime to be found in the frigid and frozen streets of Almund. Roland wished he had kept a bottle of brandy on him, longing for the days when brutal winds and chilling cold were no longer the weather of the day. He walked along, thinking about how to approach the next step of his investigation, when his absentmindedness nearly made him trip over a person.

Looking down, he saw a girl in rags with white eyes calling out to him. She pointed down at cards of the fortune telling variety. he squatted down on his haunches and looked at the spread. it was amazing that the candles stayed lit, the cards didn't blow away and most of all, the girl did not seem in the least bothered by the freezing temperatures. Like so many other events in his life, he saw opportunity. A sign from the very Immortals that seemed to elude him for arcs. "A message? I'd love to hear what you have to say." He looked directly into the irisless eyes that gazed upon him, his mind open and clear. Something was clearly afoot. There was no way that this person just materialized and yet, it was even scarcely more believable that no one had noticed her but him. An opportunity passed was an opportunity squandered.
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Postby Pegasus » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:01 pm

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She looked at Tio, her milk-white eyes evidently watching him and she smiled at him as he bounded over. "It's rare to find someone so open to new things. Have you ever had a reading before?" It was a strange thing, but as she looked at him, Tio was aware that the young girl who spoke to him looked, really looked like the slave who had died in his arms on Immortals' Tongue.

It was, in fact, uncanny.

She put the deck into his hands and, as she did he could feel that her hands were warm, not cold. "Shuffle them, as much as you like, then choose one." When he had done as she asked him to, she took the deck back and gestured. "Look at it." While he did she dropped the remaining cards down in front of her, face up, so that he could see each one was different. If she was being duplicitous, it wasn't like that.

"The Star," she said, though he hadn't shown her the card. "It signifies big plans in your life, big changes. The woman in the card, she represents you, and she is vulnerable and strong. The bowl she holds contains starlight and water, hopes and dreams" Her sightless eyes lifted to him. "The danger in this card is that your plans and dreams, each one a star in the sky, take you away from your true self. From who you really are. You seek to follow them, but be careful not to lose yourself." She looked at him and spoke in a quiet voice, as though worried that anyone else would hear. "Don't forget."

She didn't know what it was that he was supposed to not forget, but that didn't matter. With a child-like smile, the girl who seemed maybe to be a teenager, but was probably not quite asked, "does that sound like you?" She seemed very interested in that answer. "If it does, then we should do another. Bones, dice or runes?"
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She smiled at him as he moved over to her, squatting down and she looked at him and smiled. There was no doubting it, she looked at him. Either her eyes worked, or she had some other means of seeing or sensing him. Whatever it was, his first assessment was right. She was young, maybe a teenager, but maybe not yet. She watched him and nodded when he said that he'd love to hear what she had to say.

"The way it works is that you pull a card from the deck and I tell you what it means. Here" She shuffled the deck, her hands moving dexterously for someone who apparently couldn't see, and then she handed it to him. "Shuffle and then, if you would, pull a card?"

As he handed it back to her, she held it for a moment and then let the deck slide to the floor, so that he could see that there were lots of different cards. "Oh, look! It's the Wheel of Fortune!" she said, though she hadn't looked at it, even if she could see. "This is a card of change, of opportunity of fortune both good and bad"

She smiled at Roland. "Always, this card is opportunity. Sometimes, the opportunity is good, sometimes not so much. But it's always a catalyst of change" Shrugging slightly, she gestured to the card. "That's what I think, anyhow. Does that sound like you? Is it your message?" It might not be, of course, it wasn't always. But then, it might be too.

"If it is, then you should choose. Leaves, water or flame?"


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So, thanks to Bumblebee for the inspiration for so doing. I randomly chose a tarot card for each of you. Pulled from a deck (only the major arcana, in fairness) - but I think it worked pretty well. :)
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The Fortune Teller.

Postby Roland Demira » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:32 pm

No doubt about it, she was staring at him, white eyes or not. In a way, it felt more like staring into him. Roland maintained his look of amusement and composed a demeanor of genuine interest. Listening to the instructions, he watched with rapt attention to her hands and the cards. Her hands moved so rapidly and expertly that Roland felt her talents were wasted outside of a gambling hall.

When the cards were handed to him, he removed his gloves so that he could feel the tactile sensation of the cards against the flesh of his palm and fingers. He flipped the deck on its side, cutting it and cutting it thrice, he handed her back the deck. As she spilled the cards out before him, he watched and listened as he slid his gloves back on to protect his hands from the elements. The Wheel of Fortune. Could it have been any other card? While Roland didn't know what the others meant, he felt completely assured that this was indeed the message he sought. "You are absolutely spot on, dear. You have a real talent with this. I beg and plead to the forces of fortune on a daily basis...so, let's go with leaves." He didn't know what the choices meant, but he suspected it would be another oracle. The elements were too bold. Leaves represented a kind of stability to him, so that was the route he took.
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Postby Tio Silver » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:54 pm

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Tio arched an eyebrow suggestively. "No, I've never had a reading before. But I do make a habit of trying almost anything at least once. I knew this girl once who had a collection of whips, chains and a banana tree, and every night she'd..." he trailed off as a naggling voice in the back of his mind told him that he was overlooking something, and his eyes drifted up past the cards laid out on the ground and the rags she wore to take a proper look at the fortune tellers face.

It was Kitty! But-... but how was that possible?! There was absolutely no doubt that she had died that day on the Immortal's Tongue; he'd watched her, held her in his arms as the final vestiges of her life drained away! What manner of miracle was this!

Abruptly Tio realised that he had been, quite rudely, staring at her in stunned silence for an awkwardly long time now. Catching himself, Tio faked a cough to buy himself a few seconds as his mind tried to reconcile what he was seeing with fact. Now that he thought about it this girl couldn't really be Kitty could she? The girl he'd known hadn't been blind for a start, nor had she been a biqaj like this fortune teller appeared to be. Was this just a cruel joke by fate after all then? Or his mind playing tricks on him?

"Erm-... sorry about that. Sore throat. Please continue." He lied, watching the fortune teller with renewed interest as she handed the cards to him and instructed him to shuffle. When she told him to draw a card he did, and was met by a picture of a woman staring up at a bright star in the sky, with a label at the bottom that read 'The Star'.

Without needing to see it the woman knew which card it was he'd picked, and began to explain what meaning it held for him. As she did, Tio couldn't deny that her words were hitting a little bit too close to home. Uncomfortably so even. He most certainly did have grand dreams of wealth, fame and power, as well as big plans on how to get them. But what did she mean about being taken away from his true self by them? He wasn't exactly weak of character, how was he in danger of loosing himself?

As if summoned by his question the memory of the vision he'd had during his magic initiations, the cocoon of bones with the humanoid silhouette floating in its centre, flashed across his mind, along with a feeling of dread that ran down his spine and set his hairs on end. The fortune tellers words, don't forget, seemed to resonate with the memory somehow. But the moment soon passed, leaving Tio with more questions than he had answers.

"Yes, that sounds like me. A little bit to well actually..." He replied, examining the card closely as if searching for some hidden trick to it. "How about we go for the bones next? The last time someone read those for me my future didn't seem to have a happy ending, I'd be interested to see what's changed. Oh, and would you mind if I hung on to this star card as a memento? I'd be happy to pay you for a new deck."

If she said yes, Tio would have over 100 gold nel in exchange for it. Perhaps this had been her plan all along, to make a quick bit of cash from a passing fool, but even that thought didn't stop Tio from doing it. He owed the person she shared a face with a debt he wasn't sure he could ever repay, and if a purse of gold could help relieve that debt even a little it would be worth it. Speaking of which...

"Sorry if this sounds like an odd question, but... do you have a sister by any chance? It's just that I used to know someone who looked like you, I mean really like you."
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Postby Pegasus » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:34 am

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"You're very quiet," Joelle said, perhaps stating the obvious. "Are you normally so quiet?" She looked at him with a child's curiosity. Then, he picked his card and she told him what it meant. He was more than content with that and she nodded, pleased. "You keep the card. It's yours. It's you." From such a young face, her expression was one of a much older person. "There isn't another person who could have it." Her hands pointed down to the deck she had spread out on the floor. "Each card, it's for someone different. That's a lot of people, isn't it?" She didn't seem put out by that, instead she was rather excited by it. "And that one, well that one's for you. I'm glad it found you. Maybe it will bring you the fortune you seek"

When he made his choice, Joelle looked at him and nodded. "Leaves. Alright, you'll need to drink this. Here." Reaching behind her she got a cup, which was very shallow with a wide flat bottom, and she poured water into it. Then, she took a sip and smiled. "I do that for two reasons. To show you it isnt poison, and to join our energies in there." She handed him the cup and smiled encouragingly. "Drink. Drink it dry."

Assuming that he did that, she took the cup back when he was done. It was a bitter tasting drink, not pleasant but nor was it difficult to drink. Still, when he did there was no taste of tealeaves, though there were a lot of them left behind. She looked down at the cup, her face a mask of concentration. Then, she spoke. "You're in danger," she said, her voice soft and quiet so that only Roland could hear her, even if someone was trying to listen in. "There's darkness, real darkness. It's watching you."

She frowned more deeply and she looked down , then breathed in sharply. "I see stars in the Cylus sky" Her voice was suddenly very far away. "And flames flickering. The smiling man, he's not good, you should be careful of him. There's a golden ring on his finger, and it speaks of rivalry. It's soaked in blood. There's a book, too, lots of numbers all in lines. They're lies." Lifting her head to look at him, her voice was strong and sure. "There's a woman and a choice. It isn't how it seems, not at all. She's worth more than gold to you, if you just look harder" Shrugging slightly she gestured somewhat helplessly. "I don't know if that makes any sense?" She turned her white eyes to him and smiled.

"There's no charge for the reading, and the card is your to keep" She tilted her head slightly, and then asked almost shyly "I sell the candles and baskets I make. Would you like to see?"


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"That sounds like something I'm probably not supposed to hear about" Joelle said and she smiled at him. "But I like your philosophy. Life is about living." She beamed a child like smile at him. Then, he picked his card and she told him what it meant. He seemed to be more than content with that, although he found it less than comfortable. When he offered her the money, she shook her head, waving it away. "You keep the card. It's yours. It's you." She seemed very sure as she said that. "There isn't another person who could have it." Turning her white eyes down to the deck she had spread out on the floor she gestured. "Each one is for someone specific. I have to give them all away." Her expression grew more serious as she gestured to the card itself."Keep it, it will bring you luck and shine on you. Stars are hope, after all"

When he made his choice, Joelle looked at him and nodded. "Bones are perfect for you. Here." Laying out a cloth on the ground, she took a jar and emptied the contents of it (which seemed to be earth) on to the cloth, covering it completely. Then, she reached back and took hold of a small black velvet bag.

She was about to cast the bones when he asked her a question and the girl in front of him gasped and looked up, frozen in place by his question. "A.. yes. I have an older sister, but she went missing when she was very small. I don't remember her but my father and mother have never stopped looking for her. Father travels the oceans, mother asks everyone, still. Who... how... please tell me?" She asked, the bag in her hands forgotten as milky eyes regarded him and she had an expression of hope on her face.
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